Gainesville, FL
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Reviews 5251 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living Off Campus Now – As a junior I decided to move off campus. It's cheaper and nicer! I'd recommend staying on campus as a freshman though, it's closer to classes and you meet much more people that way.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Plentiful – Gainesville is absolutely full of apartment complexes. When people decide to move off-campus, usually after freshman year, there is never an issue finding a place to live. You're only limited by what you want in an apartment. The costs vary from very cheap to pretty expensive, but it's all based on personal preference. Likewise, locations vary from as close to campus as a 2 minute walk to a 20 minute bus ride. That being said, there is usually always a bus stop very near any apartment complex, and all buses go to campus. Landlords are easy-going as long as you follow your lease, and most apartments have residents sign separate leases--so you're not responsible for your roommate paying rent, only your own share of it. There is always free parking for residents and usually free guest parking. I'd say most apartments are safe. Every semester there is a housing fair on campus where a bunch of apartment complexes advertise themselves, so you can learn really easily about a lot of options.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Decent Food – The food at gator dining is pretty good but you get tired of it after a semester or two. The meal plans are good at providing a good amount of food though. And they always have variety.

5 College Junior

Athletics: I've played several sports at UF and I have to say that they are all awesome. I've rowed crew at the Junior Varsity level, done fencing at a club level, and played intermural flag football, and they are all great. They get lots of funding to do fun stuff and the people are awesome. And FOOTBALL IS AWESOME AT UF!

3 College Junior

Computers: Big School = Busy Lab – Because UF is such a large school, the main computer lab is full pretty often. Students get 250 free pages to print per semester so people do use the lab a lot. However, this is mostly during the beginning of the semester/around midterms or finals. Also, certain times of day (like noon-3 p.m.) are really busy but for the rest of the day the lab is usually relatively empty. There are a couple other lesser known labs on campus, though, and the internet is always really good. A printer is definitely not necessary but a personal computer is really, really helpful, if not necessary (think about having an online class).

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Bursar Gets a B – The Bursar is helpful but they don't employ the nicest people. Also, its very crowded at the times you seem to be in a hurry and need there services the most.

3 College Senior

Parking: NOT VERY GOOD – Parking at UF is terrible. But most likely you wont' have to park on campus anyway give the variety of public transportation services that can get you around Gainesville. Most likely, a bus stop will be in walking or biking distance from where you are staying.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Great Sport Programs – University of Florida has one of the largest selection of varsity sports in the country. Our facilities are envied by state school around the country. During the Olympic games, current and former Gators accumulated a large majority of USA gold medals.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Gator Guys and Gals Have It Goin' on – Guys typically athletes or athletic/ fit, and ethnically diverse. Same goes for girls, who you'll often see jogging around campus at any time of day. Because it is a 'tough' university to get into the students are all bright and are eager to learn. It is refreshing to be surrounded by lively intellectual people, and many like to have fun in their spare time. From clubs to sports to parties, there's always something to do on campus. Wether you're looking for a friend, a relationship, or a group to join, the person you're looking for is somewhere on campus!

5 College Freshman

Computers: Availability City – Computers are everywhere! At the University of Florida computers are everywhere from in the libabries to inside the Institutes of Cuture. There is even free printing available in the Reitz Union 250 page max. per semester and the Institute of Black Culture also has free printing 15 page max. per day.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Something for Everybody – Even though the University of Florida may seem to mainly revolve around football is actually a detour from the truth! UF has several intramurals sports for everything from cheerleading to ultimate frisbee. There is something for everybody and if you don't feel that way there is room for you to create a new intramural sport.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Best Place to Be – The University of Florida is the perfect place for a person seeking a first class education while meeting people from all over the world who desire the same things you do! UF presents the unique oppurtunity of experiencing a family connection in a school with such a large number of people. The professors are great! They are clear about what they expect and if you stay focused there is no way to fail. I'm definitely enjoying my time here to the fullest and looking forward to the many experiences that are still to come!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at the University of Florida are rather nice consisting of reasonably sized rooms, large bathrooms, study areas, and a kitchen for each floor, but the prices are a bit ridiculous. Once you divide the total rent by 4 for the months in a semester we're nearly paying $600 or more for a place where we have to share everything! The prices should definitely reflect that aspect, but of course living on campus will always be convenient above all things.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Building Construction – The first two years before upper division are pretty easy, but then upper division is more difficult. We have our own career fair, which is a huge help in finding internships and careers. The BCN professors are mostly good professors, but I can't say the same for other departments.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are O.K. Most professors at any college do a fairly poor job of actually teaching anything important and relevant to real life, so don't expect it to be any different here.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Most Popular – There are many people who use drugs, but there are more who don't and there is not really any pressure to use drugs.

4 College Junior

Majors: Great Teachers – the teachers here just want you to learn and be successful, they make themselves available at any time and are always willing to assist you. Its a great field and alot of opportunities to advance.

4 College Junior

Majors: Department of Corrections – As a Criminology major I completed an internship for the probation and parole department. In order to receive credit I had to complete at least 160 hours by the end of the semester and was on a pass/ fail basis. My responsibilities were typing up pre-trial intervention contracts for first time offenders, answering and making phone calls to offenders, witnesses, victims, and attorneys' offices. I also did scanning, filing, and typed case notes for the officer I was working under. I also sat in on court proceedings and observed when the offenders come into the office. I also observed how drug testing was being conducted and witnessed how an arrest can happen if the offenders were to be violated.

4 College Junior

Majors: Not to Bad – I did not encounter any problems when applying. There is not particular process you go to just pick a major of interest and once you get there you will select classes based on the tracking requirements for that major, however freshmen can not officially declare a major until sophomore year so if you decide that tracking for what you selected does not suit yo u well then you can change it.

4 College Junior

Majors: Criminology Is Great – I am very happy with my field beacuse the classes are relevant to real life issues that are going on in society and the classes always capture my attention. If you don't want to be bored then try criminology. The material is not difficult and you gain alot of insight to many thoughts, ideas, and theories that are tested and thrive within the field. My career goals are to continue my education and obtain a master degree in a related field and mt only concern is about me not being to keen on my exact callling as of now. I am still exploring my career options.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Always Something to Do – You could live on campus and always have something to do, because it's so big. There are a lot of clubs to get involved with, there's art, museums, and the bus transportation is very good. The gyms are awesome and there are group fitness classes. The libraries are open late and there are a lot of places to eat out.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Impossible to Park – parking on campus; well there is none. If you have never taken a bus you better get used to it because it becomes your best friend. Commuters should get to campus at least 30 minutes to an hour if you want to get a tiny space in the commuter's lot, but highly doubt it will be space there so take my advice and take advantage of public transportation; besides it is free and saves you gas money and you can count another day to buy the college favorite: Ramen Noodles.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Exciting on Campus – The majority of sports here at UF get the students, alumni, and faculty excited. Football and basketball do have the most supporters, although each sporting event is fun to watch. Many have active crowd participation and all of the sports teams at UF are high ranking.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Sometimes Overpriced but Worth It – Most of the dorms are pretty nice and it is very convenient to just be able to walk everywhere you need to go. It depends on where on campus your dorm is. Also the price can sometimes be higher than you'd think it should be.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Few Spots – Parking around campus can be a real pain in the butt. This is especially so on football game days since there are so many people around.


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Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
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Some schools have certain advantages over others. Small schools give a feeling of community; large schools have lots of resources; private schools are ripe for close academic relationships with faculty; and state schools offer a good value. Well, UF is not your typical state school, and Gainesville is certainly not your stereotypical small town. Because this place is so big, it has all of the libraries, dorms, athletics, courses, clubs, and services you could want at a good price. But if you put forth just a little effort, you’ll find that the University also has more compassionate, down-to-earth professors, locals, and students that any small, private school could ever dream of having.

The best thing about going to a school like UF is that whatever you want to accomplish in life, it is probably obtainable through going to this school. You will never have to worry about not fitting in with anyone because the campus is a huge melting pot. Students are never bored on campus because there is literally always something to do with friends both on or off campus. And who wouldn't want to go to a school where the immense amount of school pride is literally unexplainable? It sure is great to be a Florida Gator.

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